Lake Owyhee Reservoir
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Boating, camping, fishing, hunting, picnicking, and water sports are the most popular activities at Lake Owyhee Reservoir. Lak Owyhee State Park lies next to the 53-mile-long lake and has two campgrounds with a combined total of 58 sites as well as a day use area with a boat ramp and shaded picnic area. Rockhounds and hikers are welcome in this wilderness paradise. Use the park as your base camp to explore the badlands of Oregon.
This 52-mile-long, 13,900-acre reservoir is located approximately 50 miles south of Ontario. Vehicle access is limited to the dam gravel road access to Leslie Gulch, Dry Creek, and Red Butte. Available species include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, rainbow trout, brown bullhead, and yellow perch. The State of Oregon recently has advised anglers to limit the consumption of fish from Owyhee Reservoir due to elevated levels of mercury. Season open year-round. Owyhee Irrigation District operates a visitor information center located in the historic construction office below the dam. Displays primarily focus on construction of Owyhee Dam and Irrigation Project. The facility is handicap accessible.
: Eastern Oregon is generally high desert broken by several mountain ranges. Annual precipitation accumulates to less than 10 inches except for in the mountain ranges which receive higher amounts of winter snow and summer rain. Eastern Oregon experiences much greater temperature extremes than Western Oregon. Summer temperatures often reach 90 degrees F at the lower elevations and winter temperatures commonly drop well below freezing.
Location: To get to Owyhee Reservoir, Boat Ramp and Dam go south from Ontario, Oregon on State Highway 201. County road to dam.
Contact Info: Owyhee Reservoir100 Oregon St.ValeOR97918541-473-3144
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